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Remember: Set Your Clock Back for the End of Daylight Savings Time

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With Daylight Savings Time ending at 2 a.m. Sunday, set your clocks to “fall back” an hour either late tonight or early tomorrow morning. Car clocks have become easier, and you won’t have to change the time on your iPhone, but your stove and microwave clocks likely need adjusting, and is there one on your coffeemaker? This Web page has “tried to identify every time-keeping device you might have that requires manual attention.” And this is the time that many fire departments suggest you change the batteries on your smoke detectors. No time like the present.

Police: Man in Waveny Incident Identifies Himself, Will Be Charged

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Police said Thursday that the man suspected of approaching a female jogger at Waveny one evening this week and making “inappropriate remarks” to her came to department headquarters to admit his involvement in the incident. The man “provided specific details as to what took place, confirming he was in fact the suspect,” according to a news release issued by New Canaan Police Department. ________

— This article previously was published by ________

“This investigation is still ongoing in terms of determining appropriate charges and completing the appropriate paperwork to make an arrest,” the news release said. “However at this time we feel this was an isolated incident and that the person responsible has been identified.

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After Incident at Waveny Park, New Canaan Police Encourage Joggers to Run With Others

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A female jogger at Waveny Park was approached Tuesday by a man who tapped her on the shoulder and made inappropriate remarks that alarmed her, according to various reports. As a result of the 5:40 p.m. incident at the park just over the Darien-New Canaan border, New Canaan police are increasing patrols and encouraging joggers not to jog alone. 

The man is described as white, about five-foot-eight, with short blonde hair and black-framed glasses, police said. He was wearing a blue hoodie with an Under Armour logo on the chest, shorts and sneakers. Anyone with information is encouraged to call New Canaan Police at 203-594-3500. “Joggers are encouraged to run in pairs and in well-traveled areas,” New Canaan Police Chief Leon Krolikowski said in a news release.

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High School Now Starts at 8:30 AM in Greenwich, Middle School at 8: How That’s Working Out

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When the new school year started two weeks ago in Greenwich, it started a little later in the day as a result of changes adopted by the town’s Board of Education, a controversial move and part of a national debate that pits concerns about keeping students alert with other concerns, including sports practices and game times. On Thursday, the Greenwich Board of Education heard from about 20 parents, teachers and others about how the new school schedule has been working out, eight days into the new school year. Despite kinks in the bus scheduling and challenges scheduling sports practice and competitions in other towns, feedback was overall very positive on the benefits to students of the extra hour of sleep. Valerie Erde said her son, a GHS senior, had wanted to speak at the hearing but had decided since he finished his homework early, he would work on his college applications. CORRECTION: This article originally said the school start time for both middle and high school students was 8:30 a.m. Middle school students in Greenwich Public Schools actually start at 8 p.m. (The article was corrected at 8:30 p.m., Sept.

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Darien Sept 11 Ceremony at Town’s 9/11 Monument at 8:30 AM Monday

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The Monuments & Ceremonies Commission of the Town of Darien, invites the public to participate in the town’s annual 9/11 remembrance ceremony with Commissioner, Phil Kraft serving as master of ceremonies. Following tradition, the Darien Monuments and Ceremonies Commission will observe 9/11 at 8:30 a.m., Monday, Sept. 11 at the 9/11 Memorial located behind Middlesex Middle School, 204 Hollow Tree Ridge Road.  

— an announcement from the Darien Monuments & Ceremonies Commission

Josh Doying, a Darien High School graduate, brought the town’s 9/11 monument to fruition. A wreath and red roses will be placed and a moment of silence will be observed at 8:46 a.m., the time the first plane struck the Tower on Sept.

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Plethora of Pearls at Norwalk’s 40th Annual Oyster Festival This Weekend

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The 2017 Norwalk Oyster Festival will feature live music from dozens of bands on multiple stages, amusement rides, and, of course, oysters. Friday night’s musical highlight on the main stage is the Billy Joel tribute band, Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot. Attendees will also enjoy these other Festival entertainment and attractions: the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show, the Nerveless Nocks Thrill Show with motorcycle acts and other daredevil stunts, a craft beer tent with more than 40 beers, an Arts & Crafts Pavilion with items from more than 100 artisans and crafters, an oyster slurping contest, and more. More About that Music
DelGuidice was hand picked and hired by Billy Joel himself, and is currently on tour with Billy Joel playing rhythm guitar and vocals, along with other members of Big Shot. Saturday’s entertainment will include Latin Rock Santana tribute band, Sacred Fire, and Desert Highway, a band celebrating the music of the Eagles.

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Atria Darien to Hold ‘Texas-Size BBQ’ Fundraiser Lunch Benefiting Atria Texas Staff in Need

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Hurricane Harvey’s devastation in the Houston area, where Atria operates five of its 14 Texas communities, has resulted in three Atria retirement homes being evacuated and distress for many employees. For anyone who donates money to help the Atria employees with expenses during the storm, Atria Darien is holding a thank-you barbecue lunch at noon on Wednesday to show its appreciation. Three Atria retirement homes were evacuated for safety to North Houston and Tyler, Texas before the storm hit. “Many of our 350-plus Atria employees in the area have been displaced and many are working around the clock to ensure the safety of our residents and co-workers,” an announcement from the company said. Atria has a nonprofit organization, Atria Cares, to provide emergency financial assistance (not loans) to Atria employees who need it.

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Gov Malloy, State Food Bank Networks Recommend Charities for Texas Hurricane Relief

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Both Gov. Dannel Malloy and two Connecticut food bank networks have issued statements recommending reputable charities you can give to in order to make effective donations for relief from Hurricane Harvey (later downgraded to a tropical storm). Included in the governor’s list are nearly all the same Texas food banks in a list suggested by the Connecticut food banks. Malloy’s statement was released Tuesday, the food bank networks released their statement Wednesday. — See also: Donate to Help Hurricane Harvey Victims, But Pick Your Charity Carefully: How to Do Both (Tuesday, Aug. 29)

Here is the statement from the governor, followed by a joint statement from the Connecticut Food Bank and Foodshare, along with an announcement from the Feeding America website:
Malloy’s Statement
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is advising Connecticut residents who are generously considering providing monetary donations to nonprofit organizations that are assisting with Hurricane Harvey response and recovery in the Texas area to take several steps of precaution in order to ensure that their charitable giving is being used in accordance with the intent in which it was given.

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Donate to Help Hurricane Harvey Victims, But Pick Your Charity Carefully: How to Do Both

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It’s heartbreaking to see people lose their lives, homes, and businesses to the ongoing flooding in Texas. But it’s despicable when scammers exploit such tragedies to appeal to your sense of generosity. ____________

— This article by Colleen Tressler is a post on the Federal Trade Commission blog. ____________

If you’re looking for a way to give, the FTC urges you to be cautious of potential charity scams. Do some research to ensure that your donation will go to a reputable organization that will use the money as promised. Consider these tips when asked to give:

Donate to charities you know and trust with a proven track record with dealing with disasters.

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Save Your Eyes in the Eclipse: How to Make a Pinhole Camera

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The first time we tried to click on this link to a NASA Web page on making a pinhole “camera” (it won’t take pictures, but you’ll see the eclipse safely), we couldn’t get through. So that you can avoid the same problem, we’re reprinting their instructions here. You can easily do this in a hurry if you’ve got just a few common items handy. Here’s what that Web page says:

How to Make a Pinhole Camera

You don’t need fancy glasses or equipment to watch one of the sky’s most awesome shows: a solar eclipse. With just a few simple supplies, you can make a pinhole camera that lets you watch a solar eclipse safely and easily from anywhere.

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Know a Deserving Homeowner Who Needs a Free Roof? Nearby Business Accepting Nominations Now

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If you know a deserving homeowner in Fairfield County who could use a free roof and wouldn’t mind participating in a public contest to get it, send in your nomination to Prizio Roofing & Siding Co. in New Canaan. The area business is participating in the No Roof Left Behind campaign, where area roofers hold public voting campaigns to see which homeowner will get a free roof in a certain area — in this case, Fairfield County. Anyone can participate and nominate a friend, neighbor or family member in need of a new roof. From the submissions, four finalists will be chosen for an online public voting campaign.

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New Canaan Officials to Walkers at Waveny Park: Use Paths, Not Road

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Frustration with pedestrians who walk in the main road through New Canaan’s Waveny Park, just over the border from Darien — rather than on new pathways specifically created for them — is quickly turning into action, parks officials say. A road-walker in Waveny. Photo by Charlie Hobbs


— This article originally was published by _________

According to New Canaan Recreation Director Stephen Benko, despite the recent additions of three brand-new pedestrian paths that hug the roadway, many who come to the park to jog, walk their dogs or push baby strollers favor the roadway that’s meant for cars, raising traffic and safety concerns. “Unfortunately, we might have to put up a ‘No Pedestrians’ sign,” Benko said of the rising problem.

Replicas of the Nina and the Pinta in Bridgeport Over the Next Few Days

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Replicas of two of the three small ships that carried Christopher Columbus’ expedition to America more than 500 years ago have docked in Bridgeport, and you’re welcome aboard. You’ve only got until Tuesday, July 4 (or maybe Monday). On Tuesday, the boats set sail from Bridgeport on a trip to Newburgh, N.Y. on the Hudson River (where you can see them for several days starting July 7). “We are a floating museum, and we visit ports all over the Western Hemisphere,” says the website of the Columbus Foundation, headquartered in the British Virgin Islands.  

“The Niña is a replica of the ship on which Columbus sailed across the Atlantic on his three voyages of discovery to the new world beginning in 1492,” the foundation says.

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Go to One Norwalk Attraction This Summer and Get Discounts on Others

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Pay full price at one of the Norwalk attractions listed below and receive a special discount at other participating attractions. To receive discounts, you must present proof of purchase (so save them). These Norwalk attractions are participating in the “Norwalk Sound of Summer” program for the summer of 2017:

Center for Contemporary Printmaking
Free admission and discounted members price on any workshop enrollment before September 15

Historic Sites
Norwalk Historical Society Museum, Mill Hill, Historic Cemeteries & WPA Murals (Located in City Hall, Transit District, Libraries & Aquarium.)

Lockwood-Matthews Mansion Museum
A total of 50 percent off tours Memorial Day through Labor Day. Present to admissions desk to receive discount. (Not applicable for special events or other promotions.)

The Maritime Aquarium
A total of $3 off one admission (Includes Aquarium and IMAX.) Present ticket from other participating attractions for discount.

Join Darien Library for a Field Trip to Yale’s Peabody Museum Weds, June 21

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Join the Darien Library for a guided tour of Yale’s Peabody Museum from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 21 (register early). The trip includes a special class on dinosaurs after the tour. __________

— an announcement from Darien Library


Field trip attendees will meet the librarians at Yale Peabody Museum in New Haven, Connecticut at 10:30 a.m.

Parking for Yale’s Peabody Museum costs $5.00 per car. Families with children in grades K-6. Please individually register each member of the family who plans to attend this program.